The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has jurisdiction over the safety of more than 15,000 types of consumer products, wielding significant influence over thousands of businesses. The CPSC enforces various federal safety laws, including the Federal Hazardous Substances Act, the Flammable Fabrics Act, the Poison Prevention Packaging Act, the Refrigerator Safety Act, and the recently enacted Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), which significantly overhauls product safety regulation in the United States. We have significant experience in all of these areas.
Arent Fox has represented clients before the commission since it was established more than 30 years ago, and we provide counsel on all aspects of consumer product safety regulation and product recalls. Arent Fox represents importers, manufacturers, distributors and specialty retailers of children’s products, small appliances, toys, clothing, household furniture, candles, office furniture, household appliances, children’s furniture, cookware, electronics, cosmetic and drug product packaging, exercise equipment, children’s sleepwear, computer products, and video game consoles.
Arent Fox advises clients on all aspects of the laws and regulations noted above, including the CPSIA. We extensively counsel our clients on the compliance certificates that certain companies must issue for a broad array of products, the new restrictions on lead and certain phthalates in children’s products, the third-party testing requirements for certain children’s products, and the labeling requirements for toy and game advertisements. We also draft company and vendor compliance policies to assure corporate oversight and compliance with the CPSIA. Arent Fox actively monitors and prepares comments on its clients’ behalf to CPSC rulemakings, requests for comments, and policy interpretations and participates in public meetings. As an example of its extensive involvement with the CPSIA, please refer to the "Consumer Product Safety News" section on the right for additional information we’ve prepared on CPSC activities.